Published: Wed, December 19, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Nicotine vaping on rise among USA teenagers

Nicotine vaping on rise among USA teenagers

Vaping use is also seen among younger teens, with the MTF survey likewise finding that more than one of every 10 8th graders reported vaping nicotine liquid in the past 12 months.

Unlike traditional cigarettes, which burn tobacco, e-cigarettes use a battery to heat a liquid that is inhaled in an aerosol form.

"If we want to prevent youth from using drugs, including nicotine, vaping will warrant special attention in terms of policy, education campaigns, and prevention programs in the coming years", Miech suggested.

Adams recommends parents, teachers and health professionals learn about e-cigarettes, talk to children about the risks and set an example by not using tobacco products.

The proportion of US high-school seniors who are vaping tobacco products almost doubled in the past year, with more than 1 in 5 now saying they have vaped to get a hit of nicotine in the past 30 days, according to a new study.

Other e-liquid flavors seemed to be squarely aimed at kids, with packages that resembled frosted cookies and sour sweets. New numbers from a study funded by the government show vaping has doubled among high-schoolers this year compared to last. Rates of opioid, cocaine and other illicit drug use have also decreased significantly.

The Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) is the legal framework proposed by the European Committee ENVI to regulate tobacco products and its derivatives in Europe.

The percent of 12th-graders who said they only vaped flavoring in the past year increased to 25.7 percent in 2018, up from 20.6 percent in 2017. For the past two decades, daily use among high school seniors has hovered between 5 and 6.6 percent. "Because it may contain nicotine and mimics the act of smoking, the electronic cigarette, falls in this Directive". Students even take hits from their Juuls in class or school restrooms.

According to Fred Muench, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, these survey results serve as a warning about "creating a generation of nicotine-dependent young people, and what that means for their self-regulation in the future".

Last month, San Francisco-based Juul shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods.

"Our intent was never to have youth use Juul products", said company spokesman Ted Kwong. "It's very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking." said ASH ( Action on Smoking and Health) in a press release last Summer.

The FDA is threatening to ban all flavored vaping products unless manufacturers come up with a solid plan to curb youth access and use. In Minnesota, nine communities do.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered online retailers to stop selling such products in September as part of a broad initiative to reduce teen vaping.

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